CHI Memorial honors long-time chaplain

CHI Memorial honors long-time chaplain
Source: KTRE staff
Source: KTRE staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For the past two decades, Brother Billy Jackson has become a common face at Lufkin's CHI St.Luke's Memorial Hospital.

Thursday, the hospital honored Jackson with a special plaque of his bust.

"I don't deserve it," Jackson said. "I give God all the praise, honor, and glory for the opportunities he gave to me."

Jackson first became a member of the hospital as a member of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees while he was the CEO and chairman of national retailer, Perry Brothers. Once Jackson retired, he became the lay chaplain at the hospital. Soon after, Jackson became the full-time chaplain.

"He has been called out in rainstorms," gift shop manager Sharon Kelley said. "He has been called out when the roads were icy. There was nothing unusual for him to be called out at two in the morning to come up and pray for a family."

Jackson played a major part in the transition to ownership under Catholic Health Initiative as he worked to offer spiritual leadership to those in the business office.

"He also laid an awesome foundation for CHI as a faith based organization to come in and expand on what he had already done," Market CEO Gary Looper said.

Jackson dressed a full atrium of volunteers and staff members after the unveiling.

"I pray God has a plan for you and blesses all of you," Jackson said. "He has a plan for our lives, and I hope I just get to finish mine before I go see him."

Jackson's wife and daughter were on hand to assist in the unveiling. Jackson's bust has been hung on the wall outside of the hospital chapel.

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